get your flu vaccine!

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    Sep 15, 2015 2:25 AM GMT
    I just got back from the pharmacy; got a shingles vaccine. My insurance doesn't cover it so it cost $230; ouch. It's a live vaccine; I can feel those living viruses crawling around under my skin; maybe a chest burster will come popping out like in the movie Alien.

    Anyhow, it looks like the flu vaccine is available; I'll go to my doctor to get that one.

    The rest of you wankers better get your flu shot as well.
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    Sep 15, 2015 11:44 AM GMT
    I regularly get a flu shot, but my MD always wants me to wait until mid or late October, as he says the vaccines are brought to market too soon, to maximize profits instead of give the best coverage for the season.....he's been right for me!icon_cool.gifso I will follow his advice.
  • 1blind_dog

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    Sep 15, 2015 3:11 PM GMT
    8 years without the flu shot and 8 years without the flu.
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    Sep 15, 2015 5:26 PM GMT
    1blind_dog said8 years without the flu shot and 8 years without the flu.


    11 years without the flu shot and 11 years without the flu
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    Sep 15, 2015 6:40 PM GMT
    Sporty_G saidI regularly get a flu shot, but my MD always wants me to wait until mid or late October, as he says the vaccines are brought to market too soon, to maximize profits instead of give the best coverage for the season.....he's been right for me!icon_cool.gifso I will follow his advice.

    I don't understand that reasoning; as far as I know they don't change the formulation (what variations of the flu virus it targets) so what's the advantage of waiting?
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    Sep 16, 2015 12:02 AM GMT
    the flu shot is about profit for the insurance companies. last years shot was 8% effective.
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    Sep 16, 2015 2:12 AM GMT
    JerseyAthletic saidthe flu shot is about profit for the insurance companies. last years shot was 8% effective.

    Thankfully I was one of the 8%. While everyone around me got the flu, I did not.
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    Sep 16, 2015 2:18 AM GMT
    The only time I've had the flu in the past 14 years is the one time the stupid cunt nurse gave me one without asking my permission! She was just supposed to draw some blood, then suddenly she gives me an injection. I assumed the doctor wanted me to have an injectable medication so I asked her what that was and she said "that's your flu shot", as if it was required or something. I let her know real quick I was pissed off but she said "you'll thank me when you don't catch the flu." Well, I got the flu and it's the only time I got the damn flu. I changed doctors after that. icon_mad.gif
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    Sep 16, 2015 3:16 AM GMT
    Unfortunately most people don't know what the difference is in the symptoms between the flu and a cold since these days they sound the same.

    Back when I was a kid the flu was always stomach and intestinal; lots of barfing and diarrhea. And of course being semi delirious from the fever. There was no mistaking having the flu back then.

    Nowadays, when you get the flu you'll know it because the fever will knock you out. It'll be the same runny nose, coughing, sore throat, etc. but that fever; wow.

    I also hadn't had the flu for decades; the last time I remembered was at least 10 or more years ago. Then I got it a few years ago and have vowed to always get my flu shot from then on.

    Luckily the number of incidences of the flu is much lower than for colds.
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    Sep 16, 2015 3:30 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidI just got back from the pharmacy; got a shingles vaccine. My insurance doesn't cover it so it cost $230; ouch. It's a live vaccine; I can feel those living viruses crawling around under my skin; maybe a chest burster will come popping out like in the movie Alien.

    Anyhow, it looks like the flu vaccine is available; I'll go to my doctor to get that one.

    The rest of you wankers better get your flu shot as well.

    I ran by our pharmacy today, that gives flu shots free. They're gonna contact me tomorrow and let me know if we qualify for free. Otherwise our primary doctor does it for free. But with him we've gotta make an appointment, prolly take a while. That's Plan B.

    But thanks for reminding me! That's what prompted me to drop in to our pharmacy today while doing errands. It's still Summer here, actually almost always Summer, so I don't have the seasonal changes to remind me these things are due, no kids to prepare for school in the Fall, nor employment to orient me. I know it's September, but after a while that just becomes a word, with little additional significance.

    We always get flu shots. I have for decades. I'd like to get the shingles vaccine, too, since I had shingles about 20 years ago, very unpleasant. But here the shot's about $270. I suppose the VA would give it to me for free, but I wouldn't trust them to take my pulse. I may splurge anyway, not something I ever want to experience again.
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    Sep 16, 2015 4:20 AM GMT
    The problem with me is that I have studied the 1918 Spanish flu where 60-100 thousand Canadians died in 2nd wave ,5 months sept-feb of 1919. In U.S. over 700 thousand. What is scarier still,its not taught,no documentaries ,not even monuments.It was one of the deadliest outbreaks ever,so yeah,I'm getting my shot,next week at the latesticon_exclaim.gif
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    Sep 16, 2015 8:14 AM GMT
    TUGNRUB saidThe problem with me is that I have studied the 1918 Spanish flu where 60-100 thousand Canadians died in 2nd wave ,5 months sept-feb of 1919. In U.S. over 700 thousand. What is scarier still,its not taught,no documentaries ,not even monuments.It was one of the deadliest outbreaks ever,so yeah,I'm getting my shot,next week at the latesticon_exclaim.gif


    My parent was orphaned by the 1918 Spanish flu-grandfather died in 3 days.
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    Sep 16, 2015 10:49 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidUnfortunately most people don't know what the difference is in the symptoms between the flu and a cold since these days they sound the same.

    Back when I was a kid the flu was always stomach and intestinal; lots of barfing and diarrhea. And of course being semi delirious from the fever. There was no mistaking having the flu back then.

    Nowadays, when you get the flu you'll know it because the fever will knock you out. It'll be the same runny nose, coughing, sore throat, etc. but that fever; wow.

    I also hadn't had the flu for decades; the last time I remembered was at least 10 or more years ago. Then I got it a few years ago and have vowed to always get my flu shot from then on.

    Luckily the number of incidences of the flu is much lower than for colds.


    Yes, too many people run around saying they have the flu when in fact they just have a bad cold. If you have the flu you are in bed with chills, then fever, then uncontrollable shivering. Every muscle and joint aches and it hurts to be touched. You can't keep solid food down and what you do keep down comes out as diarrhea.

    If you ever truly had the flu you know the difference between the two (cold & flu) and laugh to yourself if some one is standing before you and says they have the flu.
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    Sep 16, 2015 1:29 PM GMT
    a flue shot is a good investment in your self.
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    Sep 16, 2015 2:37 PM GMT
    Sulla said
    TUGNRUB saidThe problem with me is that I have studied the 1918 Spanish flu where 60-100 thousand Canadians died in 2nd wave ,5 months sept-feb of 1919. In U.S. over 700 thousand. What is scarier still,its not taught,no documentaries ,not even monuments.It was one of the deadliest outbreaks ever,so yeah,I'm getting my shot,next week at the latesticon_exclaim.gif

    My parent was orphaned by the 1918 Spanish flu-grandfather died in 3 days.

    My mother was barely 1 year old when the same Spanish flu epidemic hit the US. She contracted it and I remember my grandmother telling me they didn't think their baby would survive.

    When the flu vaccine was introduced the US Army required us to take it, and now I choose to still get it each year, we both do. The VA will give it to me for free but too far to drive, and always a big wait, our primary doctor is free but scheduling's a hassle, so I thought I'd explore the free pharmacy option. We could get it at the same time we go to shop for groceries, right around the corner.
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    Sep 16, 2015 2:44 PM GMT
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    Lumpyoatmeal saidUnfortunately most people don't know what the difference is in the symptoms between the flu and a cold since these days they sound the same.

    Back when I was a kid the flu was always stomach and intestinal; lots of barfing and diarrhea. And of course being semi delirious from the fever. There was no mistaking having the flu back then.

    Nowadays, when you get the flu you'll know it because the fever will knock you out. It'll be the same runny nose, coughing, sore throat, etc. but that fever; wow.

    I also hadn't had the flu for decades; the last time I remembered was at least 10 or more years ago. Then I got it a few years ago and have vowed to always get my flu shot from then on.

    Luckily the number of incidences of the flu is much lower than for colds.


    Yes, too many people run around saying they have the flu when in fact they just have a bad cold. If you have the flu you are in bed with chills, then fever, then uncontrollable shivering. Every muscle and joint aches and it hurts to be touched. You can't keep solid food down and what you do keep down comes out as diarrhea.

    If you ever truly had the flu you know the difference between the two (cold & flu) and laugh to yourself if some one is standing before you and says they have the flu.



    Yeah, the symptoms are TOTALLY different. Although I am one of the few people I know who gets fever with a cold (and allergies if they're bad enough.)
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    Sep 16, 2015 2:45 PM GMT
    No. Flu shots are free in Ontario and I got them for five years in a row. Every single time I got what seemed to be ever increasingly bad cases of the flu. Never again! Half the time the experts seem to be wrong about which version of the flu we should all be inoculated against anyway. I'll take my chances.

    Besides, if I recall correctly the people who caught the flu the year before the Spanish Influenza struck were found to be immune from it. Since I live in Vancouver now I harbour little doubt that when the next swine flu pandemic breaks out in China I'll probably catch it before the experts even know to start looking for a vaccine. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 16, 2015 4:10 PM GMT
    YVRguy saidNo. Flu shots are free in Ontario and I got them for five years in a row. Every single time I got what seemed to be ever increasingly bad cases of the flu. Never again! Half the time the experts seem to be wrong about which version of the flu we should all be inoculated against anyway. I'll take my chances.

    Besides, if I recall correctly the people who caught the flu the year before the Spanish Influenza struck were found to be immune from it. Since I live in Vancouver now I harbour little doubt that when the next swine flu pandemic breaks out in China I'll probably catch it before the experts even know to start looking for a vaccine. icon_lol.gif

    Were you diagnosed as actually having the flu? The vaccine does not promise 100% immunity, a minority will still get it. Although the flu tends to be less severe in those who were vaccinated.

    Last year's season was an exception. The US vaccine did not well target the flu strain that eventually emerged. But it did protect some people. That's still better odds than doing nothing at all. And at our advanced ages the flu could be very serious for the 2 of us here, even deadly.

    The early vaccines in the 1970s were less refined than today. I always got a mild cold afterwards, and my arm at the injection point ached like it had been punched hard. Nowadays I don't notice a thing afterwards, Despite getting a stronger version, because seniors are assumed to have weaker immune systems, responding to the regular vaccine less effectively.
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    Sep 16, 2015 4:14 PM GMT
    I still believe it to be one big-pharm scam; last years epidemic adding to my paranoia.
    I would gladly lend my name to any and all class actions suites against employers that make it mandatory as mine did last year--the first time for me to have the shot and the flu.
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    Sep 16, 2015 4:18 PM GMT
    Radd saidThe only time I've had the flu in the past 14 years is the one time the stupid cunt nurse gave me one without asking my permission! She was just supposed to draw some blood, then suddenly she gives me an injection. I assumed the doctor wanted me to have an injectable medication so I asked her what that was and she said "that's your flu shot", as if it was required or something. I let her know real quick I was pissed off but she said "you'll thank me when you don't catch the flu." Well, I got the flu and it's the only time I got the damn flu. I changed doctors after that. icon_mad.gif


    Why didn't you take legal action? A doctor's office along with hospitals and clinics cannot give you vaccinations without your consent!
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    Sep 16, 2015 6:59 PM GMT
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    Radd saidThe only time I've had the flu in the past 14 years is the one time the stupid cunt nurse gave me one without asking my permission! She was just supposed to draw some blood, then suddenly she gives me an injection. I assumed the doctor wanted me to have an injectable medication so I asked her what that was and she said "that's your flu shot", as if it was required or something. I let her know real quick I was pissed off but she said "you'll thank me when you don't catch the flu." Well, I got the flu and it's the only time I got the damn flu. I changed doctors after that. icon_mad.gif


    Why didn't you take legal action? A doctor's office along with hospitals and clinics cannot give you vaccinations without your consent!



    I know. That's what my friends told me. I'm just hate suing people honestly. I made it very clear I was pissed off when I left though.
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    Sep 16, 2015 10:28 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidYes, too many people run around saying they have the flu when in fact they just have a bad cold. If you have the flu you are in bed with chills, then fever, then uncontrollable shivering. Every muscle and joint aches and it hurts to be touched. You can't keep solid food down and what you do keep down comes out as diarrhea.

    The last 3 or 4 times I had the flu I never had any problem keeping food down or had diarrhea. (Although I had little to no appetite.) I also don't remember having any chills.

    At first I didn't realize I had a fever and I kept taking ibuprofin, aspirin, or tylenol for a headache that wouldn't go away. I finally took my temperature and it was way up there and I realized that the headache was from the fever.

    That's why, for me, it's just like a cold, but with that killer headache from the fever. I was also much weaker and had a hard time getting out of bed to do the most minimal things. With a cold I'll be tired and listless but with the flu I'm very weak, which makes it dangerous.
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    Sep 16, 2015 11:58 PM GMT
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    Lumpyoatmeal saidUnfortunately most people don't know what the difference is in the symptoms between the flu and a cold since these days they sound the same.

    Back when I was a kid the flu was always stomach and intestinal; lots of barfing and diarrhea. And of course being semi delirious from the fever. There was no mistaking having the flu back then.

    Nowadays, when you get the flu you'll know it because the fever will knock you out. It'll be the same runny nose, coughing, sore throat, etc. but that fever; wow.

    I also hadn't had the flu for decades; the last time I remembered was at least 10 or more years ago. Then I got it a few years ago and have vowed to always get my flu shot from then on.

    Luckily the number of incidences of the flu is much lower than for colds.


    Yes, too many people run around saying they have the flu when in fact they just have a bad cold. If you have the flu you are in bed with chills, then fever, then uncontrollable shivering. Every muscle and joint aches and it hurts to be touched. You can't keep solid food down and what you do keep down comes out as diarrhea.

    If you ever truly had the flu you know the difference between the two (cold & flu) and laugh to yourself if some one is standing before you and says they have the flu.



    Yeah, the symptoms are TOTALLY different. Although I am one of the few people I know who gets fever with a cold (and allergies if they're bad enough.)


    The two times in my life I had the flu I was knocked on my ass in bed for a week and the first couple of days were absolutely miserable. The rest of the week I was in bed and very weak if trying to stand. I can function with a cold.
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    Sep 17, 2015 1:25 AM GMT
    If they're lucky the flu naysayers will catch the flu bug while they're young and get sick enough to realize that it's nothing to screw around with and start getting their vaccinations.

    That's exactly what happened to me; I got it when I was in my early 50s and it knocked me flat. Prior to that I hadn't realized that it had been the flu I'd had 10 or so years previously.

    As you get older it can definitely be life threatening.
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    Sep 17, 2015 1:41 AM GMT
    BlackBeltGuy said
    1blind_dog said8 years without the flu shot and 8 years without the flu.


    11 years without the flu shot and 11 years without the flu


    Just wait. One year you will finally get the flu and I guarantee that you will never go without getting a flu shot ever again.